Treatment For Tooth Sensitivity

 In Dental Hygiene, General Dentistry

If you have ever experienced discomfort or pain after biting ice cream or drinking hot coffee, you probably have sensitive teeth. Pain resulting from eating hot or cold foods can be a sign of a cavity, but in most cases, it is tooth sensitivity. This condition may affect several teeth or all your teeth. Here are some possible causes and treatments for tooth sensitivity.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can affect anyone. People suffering from tooth sensitivity likely experience a sharp and sudden flash of pain when their teeth are exposed to cold, hot, acidic, and sweet foods. Some people experience sensitivity when brushing their teeth.

The enamel (top surface of the tooth) is supposed to protect the dentin (underlying layer of the tooth), while the gums protect the tooth roots. If your enamel is worn out, or you have receded gums, the dentin is exposed. Cracked teeth, cavities, enamel erosion, and gum recession all expose the dentin. The dentin has connections to the nerves that trigger a painful sensation in sensitive teeth. Therefore, when the dentin is exposed to the elements, it allows acidic, heat, or cold substances to reach these nerves, causing pain.

Some factors that can contribute to enamel erosion leading to tooth sensitivity include:

  • Grinding your teeth
  • Eating acidic foods and drinks
  • Aggressive brushing of teeth
  • Frequent vomiting because of conditions such as bulimia and gastroparesis
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth decay
  • Broken or chipped teeth

Treatment for Tooth Sensitivity

The following measures can reduce tooth sensitivity:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste
  • Fluoridated mouthwash
  • Abstaining from acidic foods
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Avoiding teeth grinding

Additional measures that can reduce severe sensitivity include bonding, inlays, and crowns. These fixtures will treat decay that may be causing sensitivity. Your dentist may perform a surgical gum graft to protect the root if the gum tissue wears out. If these methods do not resolve the problem, the dentist will recommend a root canal procedure.

South Holston Dental Designs is a dental practice that is committed to oral health through the restoration and enhancement of your natural smile. Using current technology and treatment options, we guarantee to give you quality and long-lasting results. If you are struggling with any dental issues, give us a call and let us advise you on the available options.

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